Besides the works, properly so called, there is a considerable amount of traditional matter - anecdotes, sayings, sermons - preserved in the biographies and in the Fioretti; 1 a great deal of this matter is no doubt substantially authentic, but it is not possible to subject it to any critical sifting.
His style is clear, direct and remarkably free from cumbrous Latin constructions; he employed, whenever he could, the pithy and homely sayings of the peasants, and is not reluctant to point his moral with a rough humour.
9); in the rabbinic literature "the fathers" are the more eminent of the earlier rabbis whose sayings were handed down for the guidance of posterity.
How well their teaching served his purpose is shown by the sayings of two rabbis who, if not identical with these Pharisees, belong to their period and their party.
He was a man of great originality, and numerous stories were told of his striking sayings and eccentric conduct.